More good deals in Cobble Hill, where Chestnut lays out a $25 prix fixe three-course dinner on Tuesdays and Wednesdays that “has to be one of the great bargains in Brooklyn,” suggests Steve R.. The entire menu is available (with supplements for some entrees that raise the price to $30). Many restaurants offer comparable midweek specials, Steve adds, “but Chestnut’s food is a steal at this price, where others are merely good bargains. Highly recommended, especially now that they’ve opened the outdoor area in back.”

Standout appetizers include soft shell crab tacos (with tomatillo sauce and crisp fried onions in house-made tortillas) and haystack shrimp (six sweet jumbos, wrapped in shredded potato and served with coriander pesto). Among the entrees, black sea bass, fig-stuffed pork chop (served with polenta), and tender chicken breast (with white asparagus and quinoa salad) are good bets. For dessert, try house-made ice creams or rhubarb brioche with Meyer lemon curd and strawberry sorbet.

A couple blocks away, Caffe Carciofo offers another attractive special–a $19.95 three-course dinner from the full menu, Monday through Thursday. “It’s certainly the best deal I have seen anywhere in the nabe,” says vespa, who recommends broccoli rabe crostini, grilled calamari, and wild mushroom risotto, among other things, from the mostly Tuscan menu. “Two of us had three courses each and a great Shiraz for $70.”

Chestnut [Cobble Hill]
271 Smith St., near Degraw, Brooklyn

Caffe Carciofo [Cobble Hill]
248 Court St., at Kane, Brooklyn

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